Exciting Quad Bike Safari Through BotswanaGweta, Central District (Botswana)
Depart from one of our main camps; sleep under the stars on an ancient and mysterious granite island in the middle of the vast emptiness of the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans; experience enough exhilaration, intellect, style and adventure for three lifetimes!
The best way to get across the salt pan is a quad bike. This is low-impact trespass. Setting off early in convoy, bikes carry bedrolls, food and water, a long-range desert patrol driving Indian-fashion. Here you lose contact with time, space and direction.
As the sun begins to drop, a smudge on the horizon - Kubu Island! A 2.7 billion year old granite fist that rises unexpectedly out of the vast and empty salt pan flatness of Sowa Pan. Sleep out under the stars for two nights amongst the boulders and baobabs on Kubu Island.
The camp staff will get there first; boiling a cauldron of water bubbles for the shower suspended from a tree. The dining table is set and the drinks tray, with Beefeater, and Georgian fobs on bottle labels, stands waiting. A mobile drinks chest is set up by our trusty team and guests are able to lean back in their safari chairs while toasting around the roaring camp fire.
Dinners are three course culinary extravaganzas, laid out on white damask table linens decked with fine glassware and bone-handled silver. The next two days are spent exploring the fascinating and surreal surrounding area.
After two days of luxurious desolation, guests mount their quad bikes to journey back to the main camp for an evening of surreal-ly contrasting sumptuous relaxation! The most important aspect of these trips is that it gives the guests a chance to truly understand the Makgadikgadi Pans. There is the sense of true adventure and active involvement.
Whether you are an individual, a couple, a family or a group, we can plan your itinerary for any Southern African adventure! Read More
- King-size bed
Facilities include a magnificent mess tent containing a small natural history museum and library, a tea tent spread with cushions providing a sheltering sanctuary, and a tented yoga pavilion.Read More
Location + Surroundings
Located in the center of Southern Africa and covering an estimated area of 581,730 square kilometers making it the size of France, Botswana is bordered by Zambia and Zimbabwe to the northeast, Namibia to the north and west, and South Africa to the south and southeast. At Kazungula, four countries - Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Namibia - all meet at a single point mid-stream in the Zambezi River. The shortest border in the world!
The vast Kalahari Desert, the largest continuous stretch of sand in the world, covers 84% of Botswana, extending from the Orange River in South Africa to the equator in Gabon.
The Central Kalahari Game Reserve extending over 50,000 square kms, was set aside in 1961 as a haven for the Bushmen in which they might continue their traditional lifestyle of hunting and gathering from the desert. The reserve and empty lands around it support tens of thousands of desert antelope – gemsbuck and springbuck, Lions, leopard and cheetah. Read More
- Safari/Game drive
Venturing far into the center of the Makgadikgadi, on 4x4 quad bikes, we are able to explore remote archaeological sites, periodically discovering never-before-documented fossil beds of extinct giant zebra and hippo. The fact that you can travel across the pans at great speed and still arrive nowhere only underlines the pans immensity.
A safari is a complete desert experience focusing on species unique to the area such as aardvark, gemsbuck and springbuck. It is the only place where guests are virtually guaranteed to see the rare and elusive brown hyena and be able to walk through the Kalahari with a gang of habituated but, wild meerkats!
- You will receive a full refund if you cancel at least 7 days prior to check-in.
- You will be charged for one full night’s stay plus 50% of the cost of the rest of the stay if you cancel within 7 days of check-in.
Each of the different camps offered by this glamping company are in the same vicinity.